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I regard the note as more or less equivalent to writing "'WASHINGTON 
MONUMENT 1913' is an alphanumeric sequence designating an intersection 
station of the United States National Geodetic Survey and is not 
intended to have any particular political or cultural significance".

On 1/11/2011 5:17 AM, Edward C. Zimmermann wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:40:24 -0500, Gerard Ashton wrote
>
>> The note at http://www.loc.gov/standards/datetime/spec.html#bcnote
>> is a lie and an attempt to steal notation from the culture that
> I personally can't accept terms such as BC or AD since they clearly are
> themselves incorrect and not just "lies" but also inconsistent within their
> own dogma--- few Christians believe that Josua ben Yosef was born in the
> year Zero.
>
>> developed it. It makes the entire spec smell bad.
> What culture? By that argument we should abandon it entirely.
>
>> Gerard Ashton
> The selection of the Gregorian calendar as the basis for our "International"
> date/time is arbitrary and a product of history more than much else. As an
> "International" time it, however, has a life outside of the Catholic Church
> and its standards are decided within the UN (ISO) and not within the Vatican.
>
> --
>
> Edward C. Zimmermann, NONMONOTONIC LAB
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